Parties in Papua threaten to boycott election (1 Nov 2008)
Wamena: While 19 parties in Yahukimo declared their intention to boycott the 2009 elections three days, there are now 34 parties in Tolikara who are also threatening a boycott.

House approves establishment of 12 regions (30 Oct 2008)
The House of Representatives unanimously agreed to pass 12 bills to create 10 new regencies and two cities during a plenary meeting in Jakarta on Wednesday.

West Papua: Inside Indonesia? (30 Oct 2008)
Next year marks 40 years since a UN sponsored vote in 1969, the Act of Free Choice (AOFC), which determined that West Papua would be integrated into Indonesia rather than become an independent state.

Papuan church leaders call for peaceful talks to end dispute (30 Oct 2008)
The Jakarta Post - Nine Christian leaders in Papua have suggested the government hold a dialogue with the Papuan people to find the best solution for the ongoing dispute over the 1965 people's self-determination vote (Pepera).

Timika hospital receives first accreditation in Papua (30 Oct 2008)
The Jakarta Post - Timika's Mitra Masyarakat Hospital (RSMM), which is partly owned by tribal communities, has become the first healthcare institution in Papua to be accredited by the Health Ministry.